Scientific Linux Security Update : cpio on SL7.x x86_64

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 87552


The remote Scientific Linux host is missing one or more security updates.


A heap-based buffer overflow flaw was found in cpio's list_file() function. An attacker could provide a specially crafted archive that, when processed by cpio, would crash cpio, or potentially lead to arbitrary code execution. (CVE-2014-9112)

This update fixes the following bugs :

- Previously, during archive creation, cpio internals did not detect a read() system call failure. Based on the premise that the call succeeded, cpio terminated unexpectedly with a segmentation fault without processing further files. The underlying source code has been patched, and an archive is now created successfully.

- Previously, running the cpio command without parameters on Scientific Linux 7 with Russian as the default language resulted in an error message that was not accurate in Russian due to an error in spelling. This has been corrected and the Russian error message is spelled correctly.


Update the affected cpio and / or cpio-debuginfo packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 87552

File Name: sl_20151119_cpio_on_SL7_x.nasl

Version: $Revision: 2.1 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2015/12/22

Modified: 2015/12/22

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 5

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:N/I:N/A:P

Vulnerability Information

CPE: x-cpe:/o:fermilab:scientific_linux

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/cpu, Host/RedHat/release, Host/RedHat/rpm-list

Patch Publication Date: 2015/11/19

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2014-9112